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Wirfin Obispo outrighted Thursday
by Chris Cwik |

Pirates pitcher Wirfin Obispo has been outrighted to Triple-A.

Obispo was recently designated for assignment, and accepted an option to the minors. He's posted a 3.80 ERA over two minor-league levels.

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Stolmy Pimentel to start rehab assignment Thursday
by Chris Cwik |

Pirates reliever Stolmy Pimentel will begin a rehab assignment Thursday, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pimentel will throw one inning with the Double-A club in Altoona. He'll start Thursday's game and toss an inning. Pimentel has been out since August 13 with an ankle injury. He's posted a 5.40 ERA over 31 2/3 innings. 

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Brandon Belt says he'll be back this season
by Chris Cwik |

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt said he expects to be back before the end of the season, according to 95.7 The Game.

Belt will be re-evaluated in three weeks. He's been out since August 6 due to concussion-related issues. Belt has hit .237/.296/.446 over 186 at-bats. 

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Angels acquire Gordon Beckham from White Sox
by Chris Cwik |

The Angels have acquired second baseman Gordon Beckham from the White Sox Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times

Beckham has hit .221/.263/.336 over 390 at-bats. In return, the White Sox will receive a player to be named later or cash. 

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Joey Votto calls out his critics
by Chris Cwik |

Reds first baseman Joey Votto responded to comments that he's not tough enough to play, according to

Votto stressed that he's dealing with a serious injury, and tried to play through the pain earlier in the season. He reiterated that he didn't ask to be injured, and would return as soon as he's healthy.

"The second I’m capable of playing and I’m no longer injured, I’ll be back on the field," Votto said. "In the meantime, you can assume I’m injured. I shouldn’t get some sort of different treatment, as if this is — I’ve noticed little comments here and there and just a general perception that this is something I elected to do. I didn’t elect to be injured. I am injured. People get injured. I am injured. What can I do? At some point I’ll be back playing like I was playing before."

Votto has been sidelined since July 5 with a quad injury. He's hit .255/.390/.409 over 220 at-bats. 

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Yan Gomes left after being hit with deflected ball
by Chris Cwik |

Indians catcher Yan Gomes left Thursday's game after being hit in the head with a deflected ball, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Gomes was initially taken out with an illness, but that doesn't appear to be the case. The team doctor did not say whether Gomes was dealing with a concussion. He'll continue to be monitored for now. 

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Bradin Hagens outrighted from 40-man roster
by Chris Cwik |

Diamondbacks pitcher Bradin Hagens has been outrighted from the 40-man roster, according to

Hagens posted a 3.95 ERA over two minor-league levels this season. He received a brief stint in the majors, but only pitched 2 2/3 innings. 

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David Holmberg called up for start Thursday
by Chris Cwik |

Reds pitcher David Holmberg has been called up for Thursday's start against the Braves.

Holmberg has been pegged for the start for a few days, so the move isn't a surprise. He's posted a 4.64 ERA over 87 1/3 innings at Triple-A.

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Reds shake up bullpen prior to Thursday's game
by Chris Cwik |

The Reds have optioned J.J. Hoover and Carlos Contreras to Triple-A prior to Thursday's game, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

Pedro Villarreal and David Holmberg have been called up to take their roster spots. Holmberg will get the start for Cincinnati Thursday. 

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Charges against Evan Reed dropped
by Chris Cwik |

Tigers pitcher Evan Reed had sexual assault charges dismissed by a judge Thursday, according to

Police started investigating claims of sexual assault in April. The case was resolved Thursday when a judge dismissed all charges against Reed. Reed began the season with the big league club, but was sent to Triple-A in June. He has a 5.30 ERA over 18 2/3 innings.

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